Portland Bill

Welcome to The Lobster Pot

The Lobster Pot has been at the heart of the iconic Portland Bill since the late 1940’s in one form or another, and is still owned by the same family, now in the third generation.

It is very much a part of the local community, and many Portlanders (and Kimberlins!*) have either worked at The Lobster Pot, are regular customers with their families, or indeed both.

Although The Lobster Pot building may have changed since the early days, our values have remained firmly the same – the customer is at the heart of everything we do, and we strive to offer consistency, good value and excellent service always.

Did you know...?

According to legend, The Lobster Pot name came from the now sadly long-lost sight of hundreds of lobster pots out in the sea.

Nowadays you are likely to see seals, dolphins, or some wonderful sea birds as you gaze out over the old lobster pots area.


Local Favourite

Our unique setting near the cliff edge at Portland Bill is beyond comparison, with views of the magnificent Jurassic Coast as far as the eye can see.

Stretching for 95 miles from Old Harry Rocks in Dorset to Exmouth in Devon, this UNESCO World Heritage site features on all the Top 10 Things to Do in Dorset lists.

Ever since the first road to the Bill was built in 1922, thousands of visitors every year travel from far and wide to experience the unique environment.

Whether it’s to climb the Lighthouse, walk around the South West Coast Path, or to simply enjoy the amazing scenery with one of our delicious local crab sandwiches, there’s something for everyone.


Our café has over 70 seats inside, plenty of benches outside for warmer months, and a well-stocked gift shop.

We also offer an event catering service, which ranges from a tray of our famous scones to a full seafood buffet.

Contact us on 01305 820242 or hello@thelobsterpotportland.co.uk for more details.


One part of our heritage that we are particularly proud of is our scones, made to a top secret family recipe. To learn more about the Story of The Scone, click the button below.

Lobster Pot Facts

*Kimberlin = newcomer, stranger, someone visiting from the mainland. Not to confused with grockle or emmet.

Photo credits: Stuart Morris, Geoff Kirby, Peter Siddons and Dorset County Council.